27th Sunday of the Year: 2nd October 2016

Services for the week:

  • SUNDAY: Mass at 10.00 am
  • MONDAY – FRIDAY: Communion Service at 10.00 am
  • SATURDAY: Vigil Mass at 6.00 pm
  • CONFESSIONS: Saturday, from 5.30 – 5.55pm


A big ‘thank you’ to Fr Henry, for looking after our spiritual needs, last weekend and this!

Collections:  The Offertory Collection last weekend realized £412.53 and the Second Collection, £82.24. Grateful thanks to all donors.

In your charity, please remember in your prayers Fr Carr, Cindy McDonald, Eileen Smullen, and all the sick and housebound. Also, Ellen Boyd, James Hamilton,  Jeannie McAvoy, Winnie Mulholland, Mary Savage and Thomas Wilson, whose anniversaries occur about this time; and Roy MacKay and Annie MacPhail, who died recently.

Cluster ArrangementsThe recent update noted that St Mary’s was currently clustered with the two Grangemouth parishes. However, the Archbishop had asked for a clustering with St Michael’s Linlithgow, to be considered. Tony Edwards and William McAllister met informally with Fr Paul (Kelly) at St Michaels, to discuss how a Bo’ness/ Linlithgow cluster may proceed.

  • Notes of this, and the recent meeting with the Grangemouth parishes are available in the Hall.
  • At Mass this, everyone will be given the opportunity to vote on whether to cluster with Linlithgow or remain with Grangemouth.
  • However, regardless of the outcome, the final decision on the future structure of the Archdiocese and its parishes, will lie with the Archbishop.
  • Meanwhile, if you would like any further information, please contact Tony or William.

Only eleven weeks till Christmas! The Piety stall is open in the Hall every weekend, and has a large stock of Christmas cards, diaries, calendars and more!

200 Club – Recent Winners:

  • 13-08-2016:  No 100…..Mrs Y. Sneddon
  • 20 -08-2106: No 155…Mrs J.McCullough
  • 27-08-2016:  No 48…….Mrs B. Fairgrieves
  • 04-09-2016:  No 119…Margaret Murray
  • 11-09-2016:  No 7………Julia Cameron
  • 18-09-2016:  No 200…J. Hannah

Dates for your Diary:

  • Today, 2nd October  – Venerable Margaret Sinclair Pilgrimage: The annual pilgrimage to pray for the Beatification of Venerable Margaret Sinclair takes place today, in St Patrick’s, Cowgate, Edinburgh, from 2.00 pm – 6.00 pm. The event will begin with a Holy Hour, followed by a performance of the play “The Margaret Sinclair Story”, which recently had its debut in the Edinburgh Festival. Holy Mass will take place at 4.30 pm, with Archbishop Cushley as principal celebrant. All are very welcome.  Please bring your own refreshments.
  • Next Sunday, 9th October (Rosary Sunday), at 7.00 pm – Torchlight Procession at Carfin: A bus will leave St Mary’s for the Carfin Grotto; for times and details, please refer to the notice in the Hall. To take part, please add your name to the list in the Hall.

Churches Together: 

  • The £650.45 collected during Holy Week this year, was divided between Bo’ness Hospital and  Alzheimer’s, Scotland.
  • Prayer Day will be held next Saturday (8th October) in St Catharine’s, from 10.00 am – 12.00 noon. This year’s subject is ‘Men of the Bible,’ and St Mary’s is studying Jonah. Soup and sandwiches will be served in the Hall – all are welcome!
  • Craigmaillen Church is holding a Fish & Chips (Corvi’s) & Quiz Night on Friday 16th at 6.30 pm. Admission £5.00.

The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA):

We are delighted to learn that two of our regular Mass attendees wish to become Catholics!

To facilitate this, we are establishing a parochial programme of Faith Formation, using the format prescribed by the R.C.I.A.  Over a series of weekly sessions, we intend to examine some key aspects of our Catholic faith.

In order to provide the richest possible experience for our enquirers, a strong turnout of parishioners would be much appreciated!  We think it would be very beneficial for everyone to hear and discuss how we experience and practice our faith. Not only would this provide support for those who seek to become Catholics, but, also present a great opportunity for us all to learn more about our own beliefs.

There is absolutely no commitment to attend every week, but if you can come along to one or two sessions, we think this would enhance the whole experience for everyone. 

Finally, if you know anyone who may be interested in Catholicism, even if just to find out a bit more about our faith, please tell them they would be welcomed to come along to these weekly sessions, in the Hall at 7.30 pm every Tuesday.